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8 August 2018

Global performance improvement solutions provider Lorien Engineering Solutions is working with soft drinks provider Britvic to help install new state-of-the-art production lines at Britvic’s Leeds and Rugby manufacturing sites.

Lorien Engineering Solutions (Lorien) is part of a multi-disciplined project team, created and led by Britvic, to deliver a step-change in business capability. Alongside other specialists, Lorien is supporting Britvic with project management, compliance, and design resources at all stages of the development.

Britvic is the largest supplier of branded still soft drinks in Great Britain and the number two supplier of branded carbonated soft drinks in GB. Headquartered in the UK, Britvic operates in or exports to over 50 countries, selling 2.3 billion litres of Britvic drinks globally every year. Britvic’s Leeds and Rugby factories have been developed to provide new PET bottling facilities, with new bottling lines introduced at both sites.

These upgrades have been designed to optimise operational efficiencies and help the company to minimise the impact of its operations on the environment in line with its sustainable business programme, “A Healthier Everyday”. The programme puts healthier people, healthier communities, and a healthier planet at the heart of its business.

Adam Hartley, Engineering and Plant Development Manager leading the installation group for Britvic, said: “The project demonstrates Britvic’s commitment to providing the latest technology to optimise operations and reduce the impact on the planet. Working collaboratively with our suppliers and the supporting project team has been crucial to maximising the potential of the sites and setting them up for success in the long term.”

Chris Bullock, Engineering Manager at Lorien, added: “The cooperation of factory staff at all levels has been appreciated as we assist in future-proofing their site operations over the course of these projects. We are delighted to support Britvic as it continues to grow.”

Lorien Engineering Solutions, which is a division of GP Strategies Corporation, specialises in capital projects for food, brewing, drinks, life sciences, advanced manufacturing, logistics, and safety compliance.

Lorien has announced record-breaking results for 2017. Revenues in the UK and Poland increased by 11% during the year, and with best-ever sales performance, 2017 has been the most successful year in the firm’s 33-year history.

At the same time, the business welcomed more than 20 new customers to its burgeoning portfolio and continues to invest in the skills, training and development of its staff as well as attracting more professional engineers to its ranks.

Commenting on the landmark year, Lorien managing director Steve Slater said: “We’ve learned through the years that businesses cannot afford to stand still. It’s an ongoing process of business innovation, supported by investment in both people and technology. We are fortunate to have the backing of our parent company, GP Strategies, in providing a broader range of CapEx services, across a greater geography, to our clients, alongside an excellent team of engineers both here in the UK and in Poland.”

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